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In this edition of Episode 8 Bits: Supreme Leader Snoke may be a little…different in Star Wars: Episode 8. Someone claims to know a single line of dialogue from the first Episode 8 trailer. John Williams will begin recording his Episode 8 score early next year. Is Adrian Edmondson in this movie or not? Three seconds […]
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- Jacob Hall
This morning nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were unveiled. Generally the visual media categories can be a good place for early-year Oscar hopefuls to turn up, but that was mostly the case in the song category.
Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from DreamWorks’ “Trolls” landed a notice, as did Peter Gabriel’s “The Veil” from “Snowden” and Shakira’s “Try Everything” from “Zootopia.” They were joined by a pair of “Suicide Squad” songs — “Heathens” and “Purple Lamborghini” — as well as “Just Like Fire” from “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”
The Grammy eligibility window often means releases from the prior year end up in the running, and indeed, the best score soundtrack for visual media category was populated this year with 2015 films (plus television’s “Stranger Things”). Last year’s Oscar winner Ennio Morricone (“The Hateful Eight”) was nominated alongside fellow Academy nominees Thomas Newman (“Bridge of Spies »
- Kristopher Tapley
This week in honor of the upcoming “Star Wars: Rouge One” film we focus our recommended reading on the Star Wars franchise, looking a bit at its past and its current incarnations at Marvel Comics. We also talk our top 5 favorite Star Wars moments and check out some of the books for the week.
Star Wars & Darth Vader
Star Wars - Writer-Jason Aaron, Art-John Cassaday, Simone Bianchi, Mike Deodato, Stuart Immonen, Mike Mayhew, Leinil Francis Yu, Jorge Molina, Inkers-Wade Von Grawbadger Colors-Laura Martin, Justin Ponsor
Darth Vader - Writer-Kieron Gillen, Art-Salvador Larroca
Current Marvel Titles Reading Order http://www.howtolovecomics.com/2015/09/10/marvel-star-wars-comics/
Dark Horse on Marvel Unlimited Reading Order http://www.comicbookherald.com/the-complete-marvel-reading-order-guide/star-wars-reading-order/#ongoingstarwars
The Original Marvel Star Wars comic 1977-1986 107 issues 3 annuals
Top 5 Favorite Star Wars Moments
Opening Score - John Williams
Cantina Scene Figrin D'an and the »
- Emmanuel Gomez
This summer we had some excellent choices for family fare and it boiled down to a contest between an adaptation of a beloved children’s novel and a sequel to a previous blockbuster. It was also a contest in whimsy and effective use of computer technology and in all cases, Pixar’s Finding Dory triumphed over Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg.
Spielberg has always had a fondness for childish innocence, capturing their sense of wonder time and again in his films. As a filmmaker, he is always stretching and pushing himself so he can seamlessly go from high adventure in the Indiana Jones films to suspense in Jaws to wonder with E.T. He is always mixing and matching his genres and subject matter but it also means the results can be uneven. The Bfg, now out on disc from Walt Disney Home Entertainment, is a bittersweet entry into his oeuvre »
- Robert Greenberger
With all eyes currently focused on Rogue One and it's big debut, work on Star Wars: Episode VIII continues to move along and the Maestro himself will be working on the sequel's soundtrack this month!
The launch of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will see the first time a (live-action) Star Wars movie has featured a musical score from someone other than John Williams. While Michael Giacchino is more than capable, most are happy that John Williams will continue making new Star Wars music for the next entry in the "Saga" films; Episode VIII.
Rian Johnson's sequel isn't set to release until Next December but, if you recall, Episode VIII was originally slated to release in May 2017. The film was pushed back to December after the hugely successful launch of With all eyes currently focused on Rogue One and it's big debut, work on Star Wars: Episode VIII »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Magic, wizarding, giants, strange creatures — fantasy always needs music to help us suspend disbelief and imagine new worlds.
This year, two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed composers tackled big special-effects fantasies: five-time Oscar winner John Williams, in his 27th film with director Steven Spielberg, “The Bfg”; and eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard, launching the new J.K. Rowling franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
“I loved doing it,” says Williams of “Bfg,” “because it was a change from a lot of the things we’ve done. It was done with such feeling and such humanity that it represented a charming palette for me.”
For Williams, the orphan girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her adventure with a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) “was really an opportunity to compose and orchestrate a little children’s fantasy for orchestra.” He likened the experience to working on “Home Alone” 26 years ago, especially »
- Jon Burlingame
“The Bfg” may be Steven Spielberg‘s biggest bomb in decades, but it’s also one of John Williams‘ final scores. Considering the living legend has been nominated for practically every score he’s composed this century he’s probably making the cut once again this season. Just something to keep in mind. [Nov 29]
Dario Marianelli, “Kubo and the Strings”
- Gregory Ellwood
Steven Spielberg’S Imagination And Disney Magic Come Together To Bring Roald Dahl’S Beloved Classic To Life The Bfg comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere Nov. 29 This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The Bfg,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Nov. 29 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it »
- Tom Stockman
The first dance between a newly married couple can often be incredibly emotional, but these six unique first dances take that principle to the next level.
All we have to say is: We’re not crying. You’re crying.
1. When this paraplegic veteran surprised his bride by dancing at their wedding without their wheelchair.
Sgt. Joey Johnson served in Afghanistan, and when he returned, took up riding motorcycles, which helped him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. But four months after he met Michelle Johnson at a concert in 2012, Johnson had an accident on his motorcycle that left him a paraplegic. »
- Maria Yagoda
While Zack Snyder's two Superman movies have been somewhat divisive and polarizing, one aspect of them that's gotten fairly universal praise is the music for them. Specifically, people were really high on Hans Zimmer's sprawling score for 2013's Man Of Steel. When Zimmer took on the job, he was stepping into very large shoes. Up to that point, every cinematic take on Superman included music, themes, and motifs that were either composed or inspired by the work John Williams did for 1978's Superman: The Movie.
Read: "Mfr Explores The Dceu's Road To Ruin: Column #5"
In Man Of Steel, Zimmer introduced an all-new theme for Superman that was wholly original. When it came time to score Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zimmer and collaborator Junkie Xl took a cerebral approach towards coming up with the theme for Superman's greatest foe: Lex Luthor.
In the video below, you'll »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question:
Last Friday saw the release of Garth Davis’ “Lion,” the musical score for which is the gorgeous result of a collaboration between two giants of the neo-classical movement, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. It’s just the latest indication that we’re living in a fascinating, vibrant time for movie music, and December boasts a number of films that will only add more fuel to that fire. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite film score of the 21st Century.
Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson), The Verge
There are some really striking contenders out there, topped by Susumu Hirasawa’s manic, »
- David Ehrlich
Back in September it was announced that Michael Giacchino (Doctor Strange) had signed on to replace Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as composer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in a rather surprising turn of events which left him with less than five weeks to put together a score for next month’s hotly-anticipated Anthology movie. Giacchino has now been speaking to EW about becoming the first person outside of John Williams to compose a score for a Star Wars movie, and the monumental task he faced given the extremely short timeframe.
“I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to. I want nothing, nothing. Let’s just do it…’,” said Giacchino when asked if he listen to any of the music already composed by Desplat. “I’ve been excited to see this movie very much for the past year or so. And I thought, ‘Oh wow, Alexandre »
- Amie Cranswick
Image via Lucasfilm
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is looking to be an increasingly-interesting beast for Lucasfilm. In addition to all the drama of it being the first standalone Star Wars flick, it will also be the first of the theatrical films not to be scored by film legend, John Williams. But the intrigue doesn’t end there.
Rogue One was originally set to be composed by Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat. Given Rogue One’s reportedly extensive reshoots, changes likely had to be made to the postproduction schedule, and with that, it apparently fell outside of Desplat’s open window he had to work.
- Joseph Medina
Star Wars has some of the most iconic music that has ever been put to film, or any medium for that matter. So naturally, that music needed to get the heavy metal treatment from five guys who love to shred. Those guys formed a band called Galactic Empire, and they are about to unleash their debut album on the world.
Galactic Empire ran a tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. They managed to raise $61,000 to fund their first album, which will be self-titled, and to help fund their tour. So, if you have ever wanted to see the Mos Eisley Cantina song played live in heavy metal fashion, you just might be in luck. Here is how Galactic Empire describes themselves by way of their official bio.
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... actually fairly recently - a new heavy metal band was formed by »
In many ways, Rogue One is different from all the other Star Wars movies. It’s the first spinoff, centered on a bunch of characters we’ve never heard of before and may never hear about again. It’s the first without an opening crawl and the first without a John Williams score. It’s described as a “darker” affair, more akin […]
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- Angie Han
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” dominated the box office last winter by recapturing the spirit of adventure that had been missing from George Lucas’ critically derided prequels. The enthusiastic reception helped justify Disney’s decision to pony up $4 billion to buy Lucasfilm, the home of the Skywalker clan and Indiana Jones. It also kicks off the media giant’s plan to broaden the boundaries of the “Star Wars” universe to include a series of spinoff films over the next few years.
“One of the many wonderful byproducts of the universe that George created is that nearly anything can happen within it,” says J.J. Abrams, the director of “The Force Awakens.” “There are other stories that we can tell in that same transportive and transcendent spirit. Going forward, you’re going to see movies that shift tonally, some that are grittier and tougher, and some more comedic in nature.”
The first of these standalones, »
- Brent Lang
Everyone loves the iconic Star Wars theme song conducted by John Williams. But this legendary piece of music has its fans in the animal kingdom, as one video proves. An unnamed pooch was captured howling and barking along to the opening crawl of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And it might just be the best video you see today.
The video was posted on the Planet of Dogs Youtube Channel this weekend. The pooch sees the iconic title card pop-up on screen followed by John Williams' legendary music, and he just can't contain himself. To say Star Wars is universally beloved would be an understatement.
Unfortunately, this dog is currently remaining anonymous at the moment. Perhaps to avoid any paparazzi or autograph seekers that might pop up in the next few days during the canine's 5 minutes of Internet fame. It also isn't clear how long ago this happened, though »
Mark Harrison Nov 22, 2016
With spoilers, we look at the questions Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them left behind...
For fans of Jk Rowling's Wizarding World, the newest adjunct to the Harry Potter franchise has been refreshingly unknown up until release. Although the new spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set before the previous films, we don't expect that Rowling's planned five films will dovetail directly into The Philosopher's Stone and aside from a couple of references to wizarding history, it's uncharted territory.
The book version of Fantastic Beasts was published for Comic Relief in 2001 and purports to be an abridged, Muggle-worthy edition of Newt Scamander's in-universe work on magical creatures. On the other hand, the plot of the film is brand new, taking place during Newt's research into writing the book, »
The Wizarding World is finally back and Harry Potter fans will have plenty to be happy about.
The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out on Friday and is filled with small and big references Potter fans will love. The plot follows magizoologist Newt Scamander’s New York adventures when he scrambles to find the magical creatures that accidentally escaped from his deceivingly large brief case.
Littered with Potter references thanks to the screenplay written by J.K Rowling, the film is set to please even the biggest Potter fans. Read on to see which themes made the cut! »
We chat with composer Jesse Harlin…
When one’s first credit in the video game industry is a franchise like Star Wars: Republic Commando, becoming a seasoned veteran is destined to happen pretty quickly. Over a decade later and having worked on such highly acclaimed titles as Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars: The Old Republic – Shadow of Revan, Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire & now Mafia III critics agree composer Jesse Harlin has certainly done just that, especially with his most recent Mafia III score alongside Jim Bonney, for which outlets such as Gamespot, PC Gamer & Respawn! have all praised. In this new interview Jesse talks about his experiences starting out and his perspective working on these titles fans have grown to love, especially for the music.
The Washington Post called Mafia III a “cultural milestone” in the videogame world. »
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